Certified organic Haitian chocolate (cacao) is a livelihood for thousands; learn how we’re leveraging the world’s hunger for chocolate to benefit small producers in Haiti. If you’re a bean to bar maker, order a 3 pound sample of raw (unroasted) Haitian cacao.
In early 2015, Singing Rooster began working with a small farmer cacao cooperative in Haiti. Like our work with coffee farmers, we’re supporting autonomy-building by assisting cacao producers to farm better crops, build better businesses. We bring proceeds back from chocolate bar sales & have built new fermentation tanks. These tanks have doubled farmer capacity!
Cacao is the raw form of cocoa (roasted) that’s converted into chocolate. Unlike the bulk of the world’s cacao – Haiti’s crops represent the elite top 3% of cacao produced on Earth.
The photo above illustrates the cross-section of a Criollo (cree-yo-yo) seed — rarest of all. Now add in this: it’s certified organic AND Singing Rooster is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. What this means for farmers is top dollar — ONLY because we help to create direct market access & return 100% of proceeds back to continue business growth and development.
When farmers reap full benefits of crops, rural areas flourish.
In August 2015, Singing Rooster offered Haiti’s sweetly seductive chocolate wrapped in a silky smooth, creamy 70% dark bar (tastes like milk chocolate with floral notes).
In February 2016, we added Haitian chocolate bark to the lineup. Dark Haitian chocolate w/ toasted cashews and a delicate cayenne spice. The other bark was toasted coconut. Both were tributes to Haitian culture.
In September 2016, we partnered with a BIG bean to bar maker. It was a resounding success.
Unfortunately, our chocolate maker retired suddenly for health reasons (we wish him the best).
2019: gourmet chocolate bars:
Along with transforming cacao into chocolate bars, we sell raw cacao to bean-to-bar chocolate makers. Buy a 3 pound sample of unroasted Haitian cacao
Proceeds raised from chocolate sales build additional fermentation tanks and cacao seedling nurseries.
Learn more about our work with Haiti’s cacao farmers.